The Coral Way Bilingual Program

Author: Maria R. Coady

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Multilingual Matters
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This book introduces readers to the first publicly funded, two-way bilingual program in the United States, Coral Way Elementary School. It details the historical, social and political origins of the school; reviews the various discussions and conceptualization of the bilingual education program as a 50:50 model; and describes the training of the teachers and their work in designing curriculum for the bilingual students. Finally, it reviews whether the program was a success and outlines what lessons can be learned from the Coral Way Experiment for future bilingual programs. It is essential reading for all scholars of dual language education, for educational historians, for students of language policy and planning, and for teachers and educators who work in the context of dual language education in the US and worldwide.

Maria Coady beautifully weaves together data to describe the beginnings of the legendary Coral Way Bilingual Program. The story she tells reminds us that the needs of students and families should always shape and reshape educational approaches. A must-read for bilingual educators to understand our history as we work toward an equitable future.

Tatyana Kleyn, The City College of New York, USA

Dual language education at Coral Way Elementary was the exemplar that paved the way to the Bilingual Education Act of 1968. In this book, Maria Coady captures the dreams of visionary educational leaders, teachers, parents, and community members whose activist work serves as inspiration for keeping the gift of bi/multilingualism alive for generations to come.

María E. Fránquiz, University of Texas at Austin, USA

I commend the author on what is an important contribution to the field. The book itself is well-written and it is easy to read [...] it explains the bases for building a bilingual program, it gives solutions to problems that may arise (e.g. period distribution and phases), and it shows the intricate relation with the socioeconomic context. Moreover, it is a reminder that bilingual education brings short and long-term formative outcomes for students.

LINGUIST List 31.2517

Maria R. Coady is Irving and Rose Fien Endowed Professor and Associate Professor of ESOL/Bilingual Education at the University of Florida, USA. Her research specialises in English Language Learners and multilingual students, especially those in rural settings. Her most recent publication is Connecting School and the Multilingual Home (Multilingual Matters, 2019).

Foreword:  Lourdes Rovira



Chapter 1. Origin of the Experiment

Chapter 2. The 50:50 Model

Chapter 3. Cuban Educators: Aides, "The Marines", and Teachers 

Chapter 4. The Miami Linguistic Readers and Curriculum Development

Chapter 5. Did it Work?: Findings from the Coral Way Experiment

Chapter 6. The Building a Bilingual Network 


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